Hopefully, the Forest Service will protect the public, unlike the county commissioners
After reading the Summit Daily article on Gary Miller being granted development rights by our county commissioners for Dercum’s Dash, I feel it is necessary to bring up some issues that were not presented.First of all, our county commissioners really let down the people of Summit County. In reading the staff report, it clearly states that the rezoning request was “prematurely requested in terms of unresolved concerns over such standards, including, without limitation, the proper density allocated to the sending site, whether the sending site is an appropriate sending site for the transfer of density and regarding concerns over the proper ownership of the sending site.”For a transfer to be considered, the Snake River Basin Master Plan states that a developer must demonstrate that the units to be transferred could reasonably be developed in their original location. According to the master plan, proof should consist of the existence of valid zoning or development rights, the physical ability to develop the land (evidenced by submittal of a rough conceptual plan), land free from development constraints and an ownership interest in the land. Mr. Miller had not shown clear title or that any development rights were inherent with the title. The commissioners gave away development rights to Mr. Miller before it was proven that he had clear title. To their credit, their intent was to protect Chihuahua Gulch, but they should have waited to be positive that he had title, development rights and the physical ability to develop the property. The Dercum’s Dash property will have potential to realize Mr. Miller $12 to $15 million. Is giving away these development rights protecting the interest of Summit County citizens?Mr. Miller threatened to develop Chihuahua and is being paid off big time.Hopefully, the Forest Service will help protect the people by not allowing this land exchange to go through with out getting substantial value for the Dercum’s Dash property.Obviously we can’t count on our county commissioners to protect our interests.
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